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Tag: Homeland Security

Alejandro Mayorkas Closer to Winning Confirmation for No. 2 Job at Homeland Security

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s pick for the No. 2 job at the Department of Homeland Security advanced to the next stage after getting approval from a Senate panel, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Now Alejandro Mayorkas, head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, needs confirmation from a majority of the Senate.

Republicans have objected to Mayorkas because of dogged allegations that he intervened in a visa program, the Los Angeles Times wrote.

If confirmed, Mayorkas would manage daily operations of Homeland Security, which includes Border Patrol, TSA and ICE.

Secret Service Investigation into Sexual Misconduct Is Bungled by Federal Officials

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigations into the U.S. Secret Service have been bungled by senators and plagued with nepotism allegations against an inspector general, according to congressional and government sources, the Washington Times reports.

Despite allegations of sexual misconduct against a Secret Service agent, Sen. Claire McCaskill has demanded an end to the investigation, and Deputy Inspector General Charles K. Edwards is accused of abusing agency resources and hiring his wife.

Additional reports indicate Edwards was asked by Homeland Security officials to water down an audit.

At stake is the reputation of the Secret Service, the Washington Times reported.

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Washington Times Sues Homeland Security for Confiscating Reporter’s Notes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Washington Times has sued Homeland Security after federal agents seized a reporter’s notes, the Associated Press reports.

The suit accuses federal agents of illegally seizing the materials during a search warrant over a gun and potato launcher allegedly possessed by the reporter’s husband.

Now the newspaper wants the notes back and said they were not covered by a search warrant.

Outspoken Black Nationalist Remains Homeland Security Employee Despite Racist Rants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Homeland Security employee who is an outspoken black nationalist who preached about the “unavoidable, inevitable clash with the white race” is still on the payroll, The Blaze reports.

Ayo Kimathi was called out in August by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups.

“(I)n order for Black people to survive the 21st century, we are going to have to kill a lot of whites – more than our christian hearts can possibly count,” the website read.

Kimathi was suspended but still is an employee of Homeland Security.

“Mr. Kimathi was placed on administrative leave on August 23. ICE does not condone any type of hateful rhetoric or advocacy of violence of any kind against anyone,” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deputy press secretary Gillian Christensen said in an email to The Blaze.

Opinion: Nobody’s Home at Homeland Security

Michael McCaul
The Wall Street Journal

President Obama recently announced the long-overdue nomination of Jeh Johnson, the former general counsel of the Defense Department, as the fourth secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. If confirmed, Mr. Johnson will immediately face a major obstacle: Over 40% of the department’s senior leadership positions are either vacant or have an “acting” placeholder. This means that nearly half of the top positions at the third-largest agency in the U.S. government aren’t filled—a problem that has impaired its operations and speaks volumes about this administration’s commitment to homeland security.

The positions didn’t become vacant all at once. The problem has snowballed as the Obama administration has failed to fill open spots in various parts of the department for many months, and in some cases for years.

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Survey: Homeland Security Continues to Be One Miserable Place to Work

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

If the surveys are true, the Homeland Security Department can be a miserable place to work.

Morale at the department plummeted at a greater rate than the rest of the government, according to a new survey by the Office of Personnel Management, Fierce Homeland Security reports.

While worker satisfaction declined steadily across all federal agencies over the past three years, the decline was much steeper at Homeland Security, which routinely ranks among lowest in worker morale.

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Homeland Security Employees Routinely Misuse Overtime Money

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Homeland Security employees are helping themselves to unearned overtime, costing the federal agency a lot of money, whistleblowers are reporting, according to the Washington Post.

The overtime can add as much as 25% to a paycheck and is used as an incentive for new employees, the Post reported.

The federal Office of Special Counsel on Thursday released a report that declared Homeland Security is involved in a “gross waste of government funds.”

Overtime pay in six offices reached $8.7 million a year, the Post reported.

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Homeland Security Nominee Faces Tough Questions During Hearing

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jeh Johnson is about to be in the crosshairs of combative Republican senators.

President Obama’s pick for Homeland Security secretary will soon face a confirmation hearing in which he’ll likely be grilled over his role in drone strikes, the National Journal reports.

Johnson also faces tough questions about immigration, terrorism and Guantanamo Bay.

“I have a long list of questions that have been sent to him,” he told National Journal. “So we are real early in the stage,” Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., told the National Journal.